Author’s Note: Real-time data warehousing (RTDW) is real. This article provides an excellent example of a RTDW while highlighting the meaning and the use of real time. I have disguised the identity of the company because of the highly competitive nature of their industry.

Silicon Valley Semiconductor (SVS) is a manufacturer of custom application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for large and moderate volume firms. The ASICs they produce become the heart of consumer products such as the sensor controls in night- vision goggles, the brains of a late model car and other devices.1 Each product is unique, though they all share the same manufacturing processes.

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